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When Fatigue Boosts Creativity

Most of the time, we do better on tasks when we're most awake. But some problems require a mind that's just a bit tired—or otherwise impaired.<p>Most people know, instinctively, whether they are morning people or evening people. Some are hit with a wave of dread whenever they hear a stranger’s iPhone …

Sleep

Vector smartwatches promise a 30-day battery life

Tag Heuer's Android Wear device wasn't the only smartwatch at this year's Baselworld. Other devices were also shown and launched during the annual luxury watch fair in Switzerland, including the new Vector Watch. It's slated to come out in two different shapes -- Luna with a round face and Meridian …

Graphene Is The World's Most Amazing Material, And Now We Have A Simple Way To Make It

Graphene just might be the world's most incredible material. A honeycomb-like sheet of pure carbon only one atom thick, it's one million times thinner than a human hair and yet 200 times stronger than steel. It's also an excellent conductor of heat and electricity and is stretchable, flexible, …

Nanotech

Another dark web drug market has abruptly vanished

Last night, the online drug market known as Evolution abruptly vanished, taking vast sums of escrowed bitcoin with it, in what some users are already describing as a classic exit scam. According to <i>Wired</i>, the site had halted withdrawals over the weekend, citing technical difficulties, but dropped …

Silk Road

E-ink turns one pair of shoes into many shoes

Volvorii is a pair of chic heels with an embedded e-ink panel that can be programmed with patterns to match your outfit.<p>It seems we're only just beginning to see the potential of e-ink. Its broadest usage is, of course, in e-readers; then there's the Pebble smart watch, the e-ink YotaPhone, the …

eReaders
Stock Markets

Post Modern Skateboard has no board, just two wheels

Two unconnected wheels along with a good sense of balance power a new take on the old skateboard.<p>When a product shows up on the pages of the Hammacher Schlemmer catalog, you know it's bound to be entertaining. The Post Modern Skateboard certainly fits that description. You might notice the almost …

Skateboarding

Behind The “Wheel” Of The Mercedes Driverless Car

LED touchscreens and laser projections promise a safer, more luxurious commute.<p>It's the year 2030 and your daily commute begins with the press of a button. Using a smartphone app, you summon an autonomous car — the Mercedes F015. The car starts, exits a parking garage, and drives itself to your …

Amazon’s Drone Delivery Dreams Just Took a Step Closer to Reality

Amazon’s hopes of delivering shipments to customers via drones got a little more real Thursday as federal regulators granted the company approval to …

Unmanned Aircraft

How Uncertainty Fuels Anxiety

An inability to live with life's unknowns can lead to worry and distress.<p>After nine years writing <i>Slate</i>’s “Dear Prudence” advice column, Emily Yoffe has noticed some recurring themes: “Mothers in law, husbands addicted to porn, impossible officemates, crazy brides.”<p>Sometimes, Yoffe says, …

Psychology

Amazon Can Now Legally Experiment With Drone Delivery

A big hurdle has been overcome by Amazon today for a future where everything’s delivered by drones; the FAA has granted the company an experimental airworthiness certificate for its delivery drones.<p>The company is allowed to use the drones during daylight, below 400 feets in “visual meteorological …

Do quantum computers threaten global encryption systems?

<b>The modern world is a house of cards built upon encryption.</b><p>Special Report: The Technology of BusinessThe world is not enoughKeeping the cyber thieves at bayNollywood finds its global audience onlineThwarting Senegal’s cattle rustlersCan drones tackle wildlife poaching?<p>Make a mobile phone call and …

Quantum Mechanics

Messaging Apps Aren't Just Huge By User Numbers, They're Also Winning A Big Share Of Time-Spend

And it's not as if one mobile messaging platform is cannibalizing the others. In fact, BI Intelligence's data shows that WeChat, LINE, WhatsApp, and Snapchat are all growing their user numbers in 2014 at a <i>quarterly</i> rate of 15% or higher.<p>But these apps have another big advantage that points to just …

Apps